The predecessor of the Center is West China Union University (WCUU), which was jointly founded in Chengdu by five Western Christian Missions from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada in 1910. In September 2000, the former Sichuan University and the former West China University of Medical Sciences merged into a strong union—a new Sichuan University was born. Sichuan University, a national key university under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education (MOE), is one of the key construction universities of Project 211 and Project 985.
As the patriotic general Cai E said in the inscription for WCUU, the Center would enjoy a long history as the mountains standing still and rivers passing by Chengdu. Over the past century, the faculty and students of the Center have been working arduously, one generation after another, dedicating them to the sacred medical cause. The Center has experienced a leaping development and forged its centurial prosperity after an enduring striving: its predecessor WCUU was founded in 1910, granted to register by the former Chinese government in 1933, jointly run by five universities during the Anti-Japanese War and renamed “West China University”(WCU) after the people’s government took over the university in 1951. It was identified as a professional medical college—Sichuan Medical College—after a series of departments adjustments and reforms in 1953, and then renamed “West China University of Medical Science” in 1985 so as to adapt to the development of medical education and to meet the need of promoting international academic exchange. The merger with the former Sichuan University in 2000 has greatly speeded up the development of the Center from a medical university into a comprehensive research university with full range of disciplines covering arts, science, engineering, and medical sciences. Thanks to the merger, Sichuan University possesses a more integrated system of disciplines as a comprehensive university and obtains a sound base to build a first-class institution of higher learning. Thanks to the merger, the Center itself also achieves a speedy development and a significant leap.
As the lines by Du Fu (Tang Dynasty) go, “The spring scenery along Jinjiang River comes to the world; Jade Castle’s floating clouds change at all times.” Today, in the place where the Center originated, there stands a comprehensive medical institution with full range of medical disciplines, strong teaching faculty, excellent medical techniques, advanced diagnosis and treatment equipments, and powerful scientific research capacity. It is also an important base for China’s higher education of medical sciences, the Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Difficult and Severe Cases in Southwest China, the Medical Sciences Research Center, the Chinese Evidence-Based Medicine Center and the National Safety Assessment Center for New Drugs and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Center consists of five colleges and four affiliated teaching hospitals, namely, West China College of Basic and Forensic Medicine, West China School of Medicine, West China College of Stomatology, West China School of Public Health, West China School of Pharmacy, West China Hospital, West China Women’s and Children’s Hospital, West China Stomatology Hospital and No.4 West China Teaching Hospital. Focusing on the aim of constructing a first-class comprehensive research university, the Center fully utilizes the advantages of various disciplines in a comprehensive university, promotes interdisciplinary development of arts, science, engineering and medical sciences, and plays a crucial role in the fields of medical education, discipline development, scientific research, health services and international exchanges, etc.
“Sea, all water, receives all rivers; Utmost wit listens to all sides.” Today, in the spirit of this motto and working with an enduring emotion, the faculty and students of the Center are ready to embrace the brightest future ever.)